20 Apr Being Well Podcast: Neurodharma
Throughout history people have sought the heights of human potential – to become as wise, strong, happy, and loving as any person can ever be. Call these peak experiences, sense of oneness, or enlightenment itself. And now, science is revealing how these remarkable ways of being seem to be based on equally remarkable changes in our own nervous system.
What do those individuals have in common, how did they reach that summit, and what can we learn from them? That’s the subject of Rick’s new book: Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness.
As a quick note, this conversation was recorded in early March, prior to the heights of the coronavirus pandemic.
2:15: What is the upper bound of human potential, and why should we care?
5:30: Different ways of knowing ourselves
10:00: How can modern science contribute to personal growth?
15:00: How is the brain of an “enlightened” person different from our own?
20:00: The jhanas, and how they change the brain.
24:00: The seven practices of the highest happiness.
28:00: Experiencing the body as a whole.
35:00: Balancing me and we.
40:00: Egocentric and allocentric.
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